How To Prepare For a Fly Fishing Trip to Kamchatka

Posted by yellowdog on 6/25/19 3:51 PM

About Kamchatka

Wild rivers, large and native rainbow trout, and a fly-fishing adventure of true exploration. This is the Kamchatka that Yellow Dog has experienced for numerous years. Our Kamchatka fly fishing outfitters have identified a carefully selected array of watersheds—some of them are the most remote and untouched native rainbow trout waters on earth and others are carefully rested and rotated by our experienced outfitters.

Because of this, the large surface-feeding trout in Kamchatka grow big and hungry.

Kamchatka, larger in landmass than California, is home to valleys backdropped with volcanoes, mountains topped with snow, native birch forests, and beautiful wildlife. With a cap on the number of anglers on each trip, a trip to Kamchatka is legendary on many levels.
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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

Central Patagonia, Argentina Fly Fishing: Bariloche, Esquel, Los Alerces National Park, and Rio Pico

Posted by yellowdog on 6/19/19 1:42 PM

Region Facts

Target Species: Rainbow, brown, and brook 

Season: November – April

Major Fisheries: Arroyo Pescado, Rivadavia, Arrayanes, Corcovado, Tecka, Carrileufu, Corintos, Chubut, Nilson, Rio Pico, Rio Grande

Non-Angling Area Activities: Hiking in Los Alerces National Park, horseback riding, birdwatching

Closest Major Air Hubs: Esquel (EQS) and Bariloche (BRC)

Argentina is home to some of the planet’s most diverse fly-fishing destinations and the Central Patagonia region, and more specifically this part of Argentina, offers the greatest variety and diversity of fishable waters in this South American country. With small creeks, natural spring creeks, small and large rivers, and lakes, all back-dropped by micro-regions of open steppes, rugged mountains, and temperate forests, Central Patagonia feel like parts of the U.S. West of nearly a half-century ago.

The region is comprised of three separate and distinct areas including Esquel, Los Alerces National Park and Rio Pico. The waters throughout this region are as varied as the countryside.

In many ways, the Esquel area resembles fishing in the northern Rockies of the US. With dozens of rivers flowing through an arid steppe ecosystem defined by wide open valleys and rocky escarpments, the look and feel is akin to Montana or Wyoming. In contrast, Los Alerces National Park contains a network of rivers and glacially-formed lakes surrounded by thick, temperate rainforest and feels remote and undeveloped.

Farther south, the remote and open expanses of the Rio Pico region offer anglers the chance to explore and fish several off-the-beaten-path rivers, spring creeks, and high-desert-like lakes for larger-than-average trout.

With so many fishing options found throughout this region, guests can customize a fishing week based on their preferences to wade small technical freestones and spring creeks, float big rivers, or chase trophy-sized trout on productive lakes. Additionally, depending on the time of year and conditions, anglers can employ a wide range of techniques, including stalking fish with small dry flies and nymphs to stripping streamers to large, aggressive fish.

Over the course of a trip, on many of the rivers and creeks anglers can expect to catch good numbers of strong, wild trout in the 12 to 20-inch range, with plenty of shots at fish exceeding 20-inches.

Although this region of central Patagonia is home to a diverse and exciting array of fly fishing options, a variety of non-angling activities including hiking in Los Alerces National Park, horseback riding, birdwatching, and whitewater river rafting can be arranged.

For the most part, the fishing lodges located in this region offer fixed, full-week packages where guests can fish different rivers and lakes each day and non-angling companions can enjoy a wide-array of options each day. With lodge-based operations, anglers and non-anglers come home the comfort of a “home base” lodge for an evening of amazing food, great wines and genuine Argentine hospitality.

Sound interesting to you? Learn more about our lodges and outfitters in this region:







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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

5 Special Permitted Fly Fishing Trips in the Western United States

Posted by yellowdog on 6/18/19 3:23 PM

Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Wyoming are home to some of the West’s world-famous fly-fishing waters. Within these four states lie Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, and over a dozen designated wilderness and roadless areas.

Our decades of experience fly fishing these special waters in even more special landscapes has whittled down the backcountry fly fishing trips we feel offer consistent fly fishing paired with outfitters who are experienced, safe, and provide a level of amenities we’re proud to offer.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

Montana: Not Just for Anglers!

Posted by yellowdog on 6/14/19 10:16 AM

All photos courtesy of Visit Montana. 

Montana clocks in at over 140 million acres and is the fourth largest state in the union. With over two dozen well-known fly-fishing waters and home to plenty of beautiful and wild trout, anglers the world-over know Montana's great fly fishing.

But, we are also home to some great activities for non-anglers.

With our exciting range of activities for non-anglers, it is also important to understand just how big Montana is—when considering non-angling activities, do some research to learn the proximity of one activity to another or where you may expect to be your home base for your Montana fly fishing trip. Things may not always be an easy down-the-road experience and may require additional logistics. When in doubt, contact us at Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures to help plan your Montana travel.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

The Two Types of Permit: Atlantic and Pacific

Posted by yellowdog on 6/13/19 3:47 PM

If catching your first permit on a fly was an accomplishment, consider catching both species—one in the western hemisphere and one in the eastern hemisphere. Yes, that is correct. Two types of permit exist to further embolden the Trachinotus species as the pinnacle of fly-fishing accomplishment.

The Atlantic permit and the Indo-Pacific permit are regarded as the two primary species responsible for inflicting anguish and elation to anglers dedicated to pursuing permit with a fly rod.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Northern Patagonia, Chile: Los Lagos Region

Posted by yellowdog on 6/5/19 12:47 PM

Region Facts

Target Species: Rainbow and brown trout, with occasional salmon and sea-run brown trout

Season: December – March

Major Fisheries: Yelcho, Futaleufu, Palena, Rosselot, Figueroa

Non-Angling Area Activities: Hiking, horseback riding, hot springs

Closest Major Air Hubs: Puerto Montt (PMC)

The southern half of the Los Lagos Region, along with a small section of the northern Aysen region, defines the non-political boundaries of what is commonly considered northern Chilean Patagonia. Anglers have been fishing in this area of Chile for decades. It is home to rivers, creeks, and fjords harboring rainbow and brown trout and occasional salmon and sea-run brown trout. Heading south from Los Lagos’ capital city of Puerto Montt, the connected mainland quickly transforms from forested and fertile agricultural lowlands dotted by broad snowcapped volcanoes, to rugged tracts of untouched, mountainous wilderness.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

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